Monday, August 2, 2010
Keeping You A Breast
We saw the surgeon today. She did a breast exam and did not feel anything on my right just like all prior exams. She found another spot on the left though. She did a very thorough ultrasound on my left breast. She said that the first mass that was originally found that was hurting was a fat nodule. They can be sensitive and the Fibromyalgia only exacerbates that pain. She did not see anything abnormal with the second lump found. The third lump, which she found today, was just normal metabolic activity. She said that my breast are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing at my age. They are lumpy, bumpy breast which are metabolizing and creating liquid. And then she scared us by saying that there was so much activity "are you sure you're not pregnant?" Ha! Ha! I just finished my period like two days before. But that's a joke she uses a lot with couples our age. I really liked her. She was very personable, yet she explained everything really well. Not that I remember it now. But at the time I felt like I could have been a colleague instead of a patient. I am at risk for breast cancer considering my family history and since I am over 30 and haven't had a child. At 35, if I haven't had a child, that risk goes up and I can choose to be included in a study to decrease that risk, but they won't take anyone until they are 35. My risk also is not really high enough to do the genetic risk factor testing. But she said that she is not worried at all about my breast. I am going back in two months to have a follow-up ultrasound to see how the activity is progressing. There was no need for a biopsy or lumpectomy. Yay!!!!!! However, she did show the biopsy needle to Rob. I had told her that I was afraid of it, but not a lumpectomy. When she showed it to him, he did get a little sick just looking at it. She said it is a "respectable" needle. Hopefully I will never have to meet it myself.